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The sewing community makes me happy

Today is the UN’s International Day of Happiness. Among the many things that make me happy, the sewing community is right there on top, making me smile all the time.

I’m sure you’ve already read several recaps of the latest sewing meetup this past weekend, but I wanted to share a couple of my photos along with some reasons why I love the sewing community, especially in NYC.

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

1. Because they are warm and welcoming to everyone. I’ve never met another group of people who are all so excited to meet new people with similar interests.

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

2. Because they are always the life of the party. I’ve never been on an outing with these women where fun wasn’t their #1 priority.

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

3. Because they support and encourage everyone to be just who they are. Hanging out with sewers is like having your own personal cheerleading squad. If I’m ever having doubts about something, these ladies are so good at squashing my bad feelings, and they help me feel like I can accomplish anything.

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

4. Because they can accomplish anything. These women are go-getters! They are professionals who devote time and energy to their interests outside of work. They make things with their hands, and on top of work, hobby, and social lives, they still find time to share their work with everyone. Blogging takes a lot of time and effort, and I am always amazed at the quality of digital content that comes from these ladies.

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

5. Because these are women who aren’t afraid to chase their dreams. And just being around them inspires me to chase my dreams too. I loved meeting Amity this weekend, and hearing all about Lolita Patterns.

P.S. – If you haven’t seen Amity’s Lolita Patterns yet, you should definitely go take a look. Check out her awesome packaging!

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

6. Because they love what I love, and because we never tire of talking about fabrics, sewing, and fashion.

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

Reading back through this post I noticed I kept referring to the sewing community as “they, they, they,” but really it should be “we, we, we” because I am part of the community too, and so are you! If you couldn’t make it out to Mood last weekend, I look forward to meeting you at the next meetup. Until then, the fun doesn’t stop, because the best thing about the sewing community is that even when we’re not hanging out in real life, we’re always around online, and that makes me happy!

International Day of Happiness - Workroom Social - Sewing and Screen Printing Studio in Brooklyn, NY

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  • http://www.madalynne.com/ Maddie Flanigan

    Amen on all the points above! I couldn’t agree more. I can’t stress enough how through a healthy dose of motivation, you have pushed me to become a better seamstress. Thank you :)

    And yes, it’s “we” and not “they”

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Yes! The encouragement I get daily just by reading blog posts and comments is incredible. We are incredible!

  • sallieforrer

    Yay!!! So much fun seeing some of my favorite faces all hanging out together! And yes, we have the BEST community ever! Period.

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Woohoo! PS – your latest makes are just too amazing!! That coat!

  • truebias

    why do i never take pictures at these events?! it was great fun and i just love this little community that we are in!

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      It’s OK. I’ve got you covered on the photos. ;)

  • http://www.tillyandthebuttons.com/ Tilly

    [Sniff]… I… erm… I’ve got something in my eye… wet… This post is so beautiful… and so true! Aren’t we lucky?

    (WTF is Oona doing in that photo please??)

    • http://fivemuses.blogspot.com/ Clio

      Most of us have to settle for an imaginary lightbulb above our hear when we have a good idea, but Oona’s creative mojo is so crazy that she gets a whole mini light up chandelier…

      • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

        We missed you so this past weekend!

        • http://www.oonaballoona.com/ oonaballoona

          hahahaaaa! chandelier earrings for ERRRRRYBODY!

          ditto, ditto and ditto, you said (and snapped) this so perfectly.

          • Sip the Diva

            You are hilarious lol

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Thanks, Tilly! I caught Oona taking a selfie. I think the other side of that photo is on her Instagram feed. Pretty funny!

      PS – I’m so excited for our London trip in May! Hope to meet you when the NYC gals make it across the ocean!!

      • Sip the Diva

        OMG I am not in NYC anymore I live in Maryland but when is your planned trip?

  • Peter

    We ladies are the best! LOL

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      You are 100% included in that statement!! Cathy too! ;)

  • Sownbrooklyn

    I love this post so much!!! Of course, I agree with everything you’ve written!!

    And I agree, the gorgeousness of Kelli’s hair cannot be captured accurately by the camera! Lol

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      I want Kelli’s hair. It is stunning!

      • http://gingermakes.wordpress.com/ Ginger

        There was a moment on Thursday night when I was standing between Kelli and Oona and I felt like I needed to award them gold medals for their amazing hair! Not gonna lie… the sewing community is also pretty damn hot! ;) Just another reason to love these folks!

  • Angela

    What a wonderful post! I look forward to getting to know all of you better now that I’m in New York, too!

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Yay! And another friend in Brooklyn. Even better!

  • devra

    this is a great post. seriously. i may have teared up a smidge.
    also, who is that handsome feline fiend?! :-)

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Oh that cat. What a diva!

  • http://gingermakes.wordpress.com/ Ginger

    What you said!!! It’s such a fun thing to be part of a group that’s so supportive and sweet (and down with weeknight boozing)! I’m always so inspired after hanging out with fellow makers! You guys are the best!

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Me too! I always go home and think “I need to make this, this, and that right away!”

  • http://misscrayolacreepy.blogspot.com/ misscrayolacreepy

    Everything you wrote is so true!!!!

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      We need to get you out to the east coast sometime soon!

      • http://misscrayolacreepy.blogspot.com/ misscrayolacreepy

        Tell me about it! I am dying to come visit!

  • Amanda

    You really nailed it! Such a great wrap-up post and reflection of last week and feelings in general about how great this sewing community is. And your photos really captured the moments of last week’s meet-ups perfectly! I’m extremely thankful and lucky to have met so many amazing people through this whole sewing adventure. :) And thank you for putting together the monthly meet-ups – they are the best!!

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      I love our get-togethers! They are always really fun. Can’t wait to see you soon!

  • Lisette

    This is probably my favorite of all the wrap-up posts, especially because we finally get to see some of the photos you’re always snapping!

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Woohoo!

  • Latrice Smith

    What a great post. Everything you have written is so true. I always enjoy hanging out with you all and meeting fellow sewist. I get so sad when I come home from NYC, It usually feels like a dream. Speaking of dreams, I do need to chat with you about making one of mines come true.

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      EMAIL ME!! Can’t wait to hear all about it. I am intrigued!

  • carmencitab

    I can’t wait to be doing some of that in London.

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      ME TOO!!

  • Sip the Diva

    You guys are so making me miss home :-(

    • http://workroomsocial.com/ Jennifer, Workroom Social

      Reason more to visit soon!

      • http://www.curvygirlsarechic.com/ Sip the Diva

        I know I hope to get there very soon! Perhaps a meet-up is happening when I visit to shop. How do I find out about the meet-ups?

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